Key People

QER is led by an highly experienced team from across a range of fields in the resources sector .

Pearce Bowman
B.Eng. (Civil), M.Eng.Sc, MBA
Director

Pearce's 40+ year career in the resources sector has included executive roles in WMC Resources Ltd and Generation Victoria as well as Senior Management roles at a range of other resources companies in Australia and North America. Pearce served as QER's Managing Director and CEO from 2006 to 2018... read more

 

Career summary

Pearce has over 40 years experience in the engineering and resource sector with a career spanning the mineral extraction and power generation industries.

He worked previously as the Executive Chairman and CEO of PMI Gold Corporation, CEO of Australian Power & Energy Ltd (now Monash Energy), Executive GM of WMC Resources Ltd and CEO of Generation Victoria. This followed a series of senior management roles in the resources sector in Canada and Australia.

Pearce has also served as a board member on several developing resource companies and as President or Chairman on various mineral industry and community associations.

He has served as Member of the Electricity Reform Taskforce of the Business Council of Australia, Executive Member of Minerals Council of Australia, Member of the Premier's Roundtable (SA), President of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy, Deputy Chairman of the SA Resources Taskforce, Member of the South Australian Development Council and as President of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Mines.

Graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) and a Master of Engineering Science, Pearce has also received a Masters of Business Administration (Advanced) from the University of Adelaide.

Dr Chris Rawlings
BSc (Geology) (Hons), PhD - Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics
Chairman

Dr Chris Rawlings has a 20 year career and extensive experience in management and executive positions in the resources industry. Dr Rawlings has been a Director of QER since 2006 and was appointed Chairman in 2008... read more

Career summary

Chris was Managing Director and CEO of South Blackwater Coal Ltd and QCT Resources Ltd prior to taking up Non-Executive Director roles.

Chris is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, the Geological Society of Australia and the Institute of Company Directors.

Chris' previous offices included time as Director at Gympie Gold Ltd, AMC, MC, Magnetica Ltd, QTC Resources Ltd, Queensland Mining Council, Australian Coal Research, World Coal Institute, Non Executive Director at Uniquest and as Chairman at Diversified Mining Services and  Northern Energy Corporation Ltd. He is also a former Chair of the Queensland Resources Council.

Graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Geology, Chris then went on to complete a PhD in Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics.

 

Michael Arnett
B.com, LL.B.
Director

Michael Arnett is the chairman and director of a number of mining companies and has over 20 years legal experience capital raising and in the corporate side of the mining and energy sectors. Michael has been a non-executive director of QER since 2006... read more

Career summary

Michael services a range of publicly listed clients in the property, technology, manufacturing and resource sectors with operations in Australia, Asia and Africa. He has served on the board of New Guinea Energy Ltd and Azon Energy Ltd, Nexus Energy Ltd, Cloncurry Mines Ltd, NRW Holdings Ltd and SEQ Water Ltd. He is also a former director of Archipelago Resources Ltd.

Graduating from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce, Michael has been involved in significant corporate and commercial legal work for the resources industry for over 25 years. He has extensive commercial experience in capital raisings, corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities work.

He is a former Partner and currently consultant to the international law firm Norton Rose in the mining, resources and oil and gas areas.

Dr Peter Zambelli
BSc (Hons) - Geology; M. Hum Res Mgt; PhD - Management
General Manager

Originally a geologist Peter has worked in the Australian resources industry for over 25 years, including ten with global miner Rio Tinto and over twelve years with QER. In addition to his work as geologist, Peter has worked in  the areas of  management, organisational development , and stakeholder relations.... read more

Career summary

Peter joined QER management team in 2007. He had previously worked in the resources sector as an independent consultant, and prior to that with the Rio Tinto Group in Australia and Asia. Within QER he has previously carried responsbility for organisational development, environment, strategy and planning support, policy and systems development and stakeholder relations.

Peter graduated from the University of Wollongong with a BSc (Hons) Geology, and  a Masters in Human Resources Management from Griffith University and a PhD in Management from the University of Queensland.